Two glorious days at Bell Sykes farm, Slaidburn teaching a Learn to Scythe course for the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust.
Bell Sykes is the Coronation Meadow for Lancashire and has just the most beautiful meadows with around 90 recorded species which are a delight to scythe and perfect for learning to mow.
Two days means we had time to relax, talk about seed propogation and meadow management and enjoy a guided walk. Really interesting to see was the contrast between these two fields; a change in management and the addition of seed through spreading green hay is the difference between either side of the wall.
The extra day also gave us more time to practise mowing and practical session on peening the scythe blade which is really valuable for beginners to gain confidence in learning to peen and maintain their scythe.
Thanks to Peter & Linda for fantastic hospitality and my students who made a brilliant team and got the meadow finished for haymaking.
I will be teaching a one-day Learn to Scythe course at Bell Sykes on Thursday 16th July, contact the Forest of Bowland AONB office on 01200 448000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org